The Cultural Foundations program is a rigorous interdisciplinary graduate and doctoral program concerned with the study of educational policies and practices from social, philosophical, historical, and comparative perspectives. The program prepares students for careers in school systems, higher education, foundations, policy research, and government agencies.
Study in the foundations of education looks at education on a broader scale, arguing that deliberate and important teaching and learning occurs in a wide variety of settings, which interact in increasingly interdependent ways. Students may focus on a number of areas in the foundations, including equity, educational reform, democracy and education, moral education, multicultural education, international education, and education and the environment.
The program offers a master's degree (M.Ed. or M.A.) with a focus on areas of interest for educators and other professionals interested in educational issues affecting the nation and the world.
The doctoral program offers students the chance to gain well-developed skills in educational analysis, problem solving, and resource identification and use. The degree is beneficial to educators and professionals who want to hold high-level positions in K–12 and higher education, or educators and professionals who want more foundational knowledge to benefit their teaching.